Folly beach family photos

Posted on September 10, 2014

 

I met up with adorable Anna and Ian against this year at Folly Beach.

It’s funny. I always notice how much children have grown when I photograph them multiple times, but the difference between almost two year old twins and almost three year old twins is amazing. They were talking! And walking around like they owned the place! Crazy.

As we were making our way to the Morris Island Lighthouse overlook, we noticed smoke coming from the forested area between the lane and the beach.

Really, quite a lot of smoke. And popping noises.

Fascinating and a smidge frightening, but they were dressed and we were halfway there, so no turning back.

After we played on the beach for about 45 minutes, all the while hearing sirens and seeing the smoke steadily crawl the sky like a charcoal predator, we walked back and encountered the fire truck and and other bystanders.

Apparently someone drove onto the beach, started doing doughnuts in the sand, and flipped up onto the dunes, catching his engine on fire. This is why we can’t have nice things.

Thankfully, no one was hurt. But it’s a photo shoot none of us will soon forget.

Thanks, FBFD!

 

twins in clemson blue and orange

folly beach labor day fire

charleston photos mother and son family photo morris island lighthouse

family photo morris island lighthouse

D7C D7C D7C folly beach oyster

charleston family photographer boy and grandfather

charleston portrait grandparents and grandchildren

toddler twins boy and girl

charleston beach rocks twins

charleston candid photograph father and daughter

folly beach fire department

folly beach lighthouse road




Leave a Comment




 

 

It’s no secret that I love a rainy wedding day.

Preferable not ALL day, and of course I wouldn’t wish less-than-perfect weather on anyone. But when it does happen, I find the resulting images to be lighthearted, intimate, and romantic.

Whitney and Andy planned their Charleston destination wedding from California, where Andy is in the Air Force.

There’s a certain joyful, calm, festive atmosphere that accompanies most destination weddings, and this one was no different.

No stress, just fun.

dragonfly on leaf magnolia plantation

 

silly flower girls

 

bride and bridesmaids champagne toast before wedding

 

wedding guests seated charleston

 

blue wedding shoes

flower girl putting on shoes

bridal portrait under tree magnolia plantation

ceremony time charleston wedding

different shades bridesmaids dresses

magnolia plantation and gardens carriage house wedding

grooms sister and mother wedding umbrella

bride and grandfather

ashley river magnolia plantation

ceremony magnolia carriage house charleston

salt shaker boat charleston

 

happy recessional charleston wedding

 

Whitney surprised Andy by renting this vintage car (Camaro? I think? Please let me know if you recognize it for sure!) for Andy to show up in and as their getaway car.

groomsmen vintage camaro

 

bride kissing groom's hand

magnolia plantation wedding portrait by fence

wedding portrait under oaks charleston sc plantation

sun flare charleston wedding photographer

bride and bridesmaids charleston wedding different colored bridesmaids dresses

 

 

 

I love this shot.  Check out the dapper groomsman’s expression.

bridesmaid in rain

 

magnolia carriage house wedding decor

bride and groom under umbrella first dance

clemson wedding cake

Apple butter wedding favors. Ask any wedding photographer-we love our wedding swag! Especially at destination weddings, guests tend to leave favors behind, so we’re often offered goodies on the way out. I’ve made shrimp and grits from gift bags of local grits, brought home candy to the kiddos, sipped personalized wine, added to our collection of monogrammed cups and koozies (yes, we really do use them, and remember our favorite moment or image from your wedding every time.) I wasn’t sure what to use the apple butter for at first, but one day I stirred it into an apple crisp I was throwing together. Delicious!

apple butter wedding favors

bride and groom lifted in chairs on dance floor

magnolia plantation carriage house dancing

wedding guests dancing

I’m not sure how safe this was, but it was one of my all-time favorite shots of last year. I love the Mad Men vibe.

groomsmen lighting cigars on torchesair force groomsmen dance floor

charleston sparkler exit

 

 

 




Leave a Comment




 

Ella Grace’s family has a history of having professional portraits made when a child turns 10. She is, I believe, the 3rd or 4th generation on her mother’s side to follow this lovely tradition.

I think it’s such a neat idea. I’ve written before about how the years between early teenhood and high school graduation tend to not be as well documented as the younger, chubbier, dimplier years. I love the idea of mindfully commemorating and celebrating a decade of laughter, running, playing-being *them*.

At ten, the jawline is starting to cast shadows, the elbows and anklebones are etched, the eyes are rolling, and the limbs attenuate. But the smiles are still those of our babies.

We started our Charleston portrait session near the Doc Street Theater, and worked our way down to the Waterfront Park.

 

 

ten year old portrait charleston alley

charleston child photographer

haunted alley charleston portraits

 

pineapple fountain charleston

 

 

child white dress waterfront park charleston

portrait session alley charleston

near mccradys alley charleston sc

charleston pink roses queen street

child photographer charleston golden light

waterfront park pier charleston sc

philadelphia alley black and white portrait charleston sc

 

 




Leave a Comment

1 Comment so far





 

 

This family photo session reminded me of a moment from my own parenting history.

When my middle daughter was two months old, I gently placed her into my sweet two year old son’s lap and snapped a few images of them together. When I announced, “We’re done!” my son nodded with satisfaction, and tumbled the baby onto the grass. There was no malice involved. He was just a roughshod two year old boy who’d been told he didn’t have to hold something anymore.

Jane didn’t even cry, she just lay there, face smushed on the lawn, making this hilarious, confused “Meeeh. Meeehhhhhh” sound as I quickly scooped her up.

The classic posed images are lovely heirlooms, but the images that encapsulate the heartwarming chaos of this era in the Chandler’s life, when the older children are full of love and enthusiasm but age-appropriately short on self-control, are the ones that crack me up. Finger to the eyeball! Yank your brother’s ear! Cautionary parental hands entering the frame!

Love it all. Look at all these beautiful babies. Blessed.

toddler brothers portrait black and white

 

boy sweater smiling candid portrait

boy candid with plant

The Chandlers’ home in Bell Hall Plantation is stunning. I love that it’s a gorgeous design that still looks and feels homey, and reflects the reality that toddlers live there. (See the crayon on the wall?)

toddler boys at picnic table

belle hall family portrait

 

mount pleasant family lifestyle photography

charleston sc whimsical family photographer

 

blond toddler boy soulful candid portrait

 

candid brothers portrait

toddler smiling candid baby ralph lauren

newborn baby boy wrapped in blue and white blanket

proud older brothers and newborn

 

mount pleasant child photography

 

older brother kissing baby newborn brother

 

charleston black and white siblings portrait

charleston silly child photo

 

charleston family photography funny

charleston candid family photographer

sweet three sons with mother

charleston family portrait with boxer dog

 

mount pleasant photograph boy hugging boxer dog




Leave a Comment




 

 

Proud grandparents are the best! I photographed Carolyn’s family when her sons, daughter in law, and granddaughter were in town to visit. It was important for her to have time with her first grandchild documented. I love the colors this family wore. Add green grass, a lovely sunset, and a beach ball, and we had the perfect photo session.

 

charleston family beach portrait what to wear

 

 

grandmother and granddaughter cuddling

 

 

child flying pink dress

 

 

Charleston portraiture mother and son

 

 

Charleston family sitting on beach rocks

 

 

mother and grown sons portrait

 

 

family photo looking at ocean

 

mother and daughter and beach ball

 

mother and daughter watching birds on beach

 

 

Sullivans Island seagulls

 

 

 

father throwing little girl in air on beach

 

Sullivans Island mother and daughter laughing

 

toddler beach feet pink toenails

 

Sullivan's Island grandmother kissing granddaughter

 

 

Charleston seersucker swimsuit

 

 

Blond toddler charleston beach sunset




Leave a Comment

1 Comment so far





Charleston Loves a Bride

Posted on March 24, 2014

 

Cabell House Charleston wedding




Leave a Comment




The King Family

Posted on March 20, 2014

 

I met up with the King crew over the holidays so that they could get a Charleston family portrait while everyone was in town.

We’d put a lot of thought into this session. Wardrobe opinions, plans to change to a beach location after we took some photos downtown, etc.

Approximately 11 minutes into our session, the sky opened up. Linda, who’s a television producer and knows about getting things done, said “sometimes you just need to punt.”

We didn’t get the golden beach frolic-y light we originally wanted, but we got to watch model trains go around a mountain. And hey-that’s a win!

east bay street charleston family portraits

Charleston candid photography

silly family portrait charleston sc

boy sleeping on father's shoulder

family portrait downtown charleston

 

 

 

child pointing at camera candid photo

charleston place family portrait

charleston place at christmas

boy and grandfather

boy and grandmother

charleston black and white family portrait

 




Leave a Comment




 

 

Alex and Michael are such a lovely couple. They moved to Australia (his homeland) just after the wedding.

Recently I delivered their wedding album to Alex’s parents’ house in Mount Pleasant, so that they could take take it along when they flew over to see the newlyweds.

As we were flipping through the pages, Alex’s Mom referred to them as “the kids.” I remember her saying the same thing at the wedding. I found it to be ridiculously charming. Even grown and married, Alex will always be their baby girl, and her husband is now one of their honorary “kids” too.

 

I must be doing something right, because I get to meet the best families.

 

suttonblog60r

stella nova salon bridal hair

bride personalized robe

bridesmaid pink polo oxford

stella nova bridal bridesmaids laughing

saint marys catholic church charleston

groom adjusting tuxedo bowtie in charleston church

 

bride adjusting veil

 

charleston bridal bouquet

 

mother kissing bride before wedding

 

wedding recessiona lst marys church charleston

 

bride and groom candid after charleston wedding

 

st marys church charleston family formal portraits

 

charleston wedding portraits moody black and white

 

charleston bride and groom and cat

 

wedding portrait red door legare street charleston

 

creek club ion wedding

 

 

suttonblog40

 

 

old mail tray as wedding seating chart

 

ion creek club wedding table place settings

ion boat landing mount pleasant

bride and groom on the dock at creek club ion

firefly vodka charleston wedding signature drink

suttonblog68 suttonblog64 suttonblog66 bride and groom walking on lawn

wedding moss letter

bride and groom at fountain in ion mount pleasant

charleston wedding with nautical elements

 

 

 

bride and groom first dance mount pleasant sc

wedding party on dock at creek club ion

charleston wedding band saxophone

 

 

 

table centerpieces white roses wedding

funny wedding photo some like it hot

 

 

A guest spotted a rainbow outside after the first dances

rainbow at wedding

sunset over hobcaw creek mount pleasant

groomsmen smoking cigars charleston wedding

wedding table number ion creek club

lanterns in trees at creek club ion

dance floor wedding ion mt pleasant sc

children on dance floor at charleston wedding

bride going away short dress

 

black and white trees bride and groom

 

 

 




Leave a Comment




Southern Charm

Posted on March 5, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ravenel bridge

 

 

In case you haven’t heard, Bravo’s Southern Charm premiered Monday. The whole city of Charleston has been at pre-emptive Chicken Little emotional Defcon 2 since about mid-January, when the pre-press for the series kicked into high gear.

 

Y’all. People are MAD about this show.

 

I watched. I admit it. I considered pretending it wasn’t happening, but in the end, I did it for the curiosity. I did it for the scenery.

Mostly though I did it for the Twitterfest.  (Check out #charmageddon for local commentary on the show. Pretty funny last night. I hope by next week the wit will be out in full force.)

Not loving the production side. I don’t know what budget they were working with, and I certainly don’t expect it to look like House of Cards, but Charleston has beautiful, soft afternoon light, and wonderful, warm, pastel colors, and to be honest, the city is much lovelier than this harshly lit depiction.

And what’s with the music? I can see a modern soundtrack working, or if they insist on kicking it old school, maybe a lazier, hazier Porgy and Bess sort of vibe. The brassy, frenetic theme tunes sound goofy to me.

 

But the cast? They’re not THAT bad!

A lot of the people I see saying especially mean things on social media refuse to watch the show so I’m not sure where they’re getting their information. I get why a lot of people despise “reality” tv in general. And also understand that some folks are irritated with the rest of the country getting the wrong impression. We could be living somewhere saying, “Have at it, network TV. You can’t make this dump look any worse.” No, it’s magical here, and we know it and try to preserve it. Anything that threatens the long-woven thread of local pride will be met with hostility. I can appreciate the NIMBY solidarity. But I don’t think the show is the epic tragedy it’s being made out to be.

Only one episode in, but I am loving the girls. Cameran and Jenna are beautiful, seem sweet, goofy, fun, independent, and quirkily awesome.

The jury’s still out in terms of my opinion of all the guys-by design, I assume. But the big buzz is that no one in Charleston behaves like they do. (“That’s not how we act like down here.”)

I disagree. When I was single and out and about, I knew guys-many guys- who acted, dressed and spoke very much like each of these cast members. Sure, they’re not representative of all of Charleston, but no one said they were. They’re representative of a specific type of Charleston resident, and pretty spot-on, I’d say. The other side of that, though, is that financially privileged Charlestonians (not to be confused with “old Charleston” people-the show blurs that important distinction) also tend to be quite philanthropic, involved in the arts, their church, etc. And can often be great conversationalists (an art I hope isn’t dying with the next generations and their iphones.) It remains to be seen whether or not any of the guys’ redeeming qualities-assuming some were captured during filming-will be edited in or if Bravo will go strictly for the shock value jugular.

I appreciate that the cast and supporting cast varies in age and appearance.  They’re not all generically spray tanned and spackled.  In that typical seeking-out-the-best-in-everyone photographer fashion, I think they’re all quite interestingly lovely.

 

That’s not to say that there aren’t thumps on the head to be dished out.

(I don’t need to catalog the EWWW moments. You know who you are.)

 

But it’s not like these people are chucking their mint julep cups at snuzzly newborn puppies. They’re just having fun, navigating their career, raking in some dough, getting a little tipsy, and letting their preppily-dressed eccentric freak flags fly.

And if that isn’t a real side of downtown Charleston, then I don’t know what is.

 

 

 

 

 




Leave a Comment




This guy

Posted on February 20, 2014

 

 

C.R. turned 11 yesterday. He’s a football-loving, Minecrafting, guitar-strumming, didgeridoo-learning, reading-all-the-time all American boy.

 

(Did I mention the Minecrafting? Lots of Minecraft.)

 

And last week he received an award for a 100% on his South Carolina PASS standardized test writing section. I’m proud of that! A perfect score on a written essay is pretty awesome.

Charleston boy on his eleventh birthday

 

 

 




Leave a Comment




Older Posts »




I can't feel of any women that I have ever known that have not loved purchasing for new handbags. Cheap Michael Kors Satchels is such a good thing that can make people who like fashion be what they want,for our Michael Kors Hamilton Satchels are of modern design. Michael Kors Satchels are best suited to add that aura of elegance to your entire outlook. If you have been looking for Michael Kors Selma Satchels, the best place to find some overwhelming collection is the michael kors outlet online.

Many people are crazy about discount louis vuitton bags,The distinctive design of louis vuitton bags outlet will make you feel the strong sense of fashion, luxury and classics. Our handbagseshop is aimed to bring the exotic fashion and design from the romantic south France to everybody’s near side. No matter you are young and fashionable girls or boys, no matter you are mature and graceful men or women, our various styles of Damier Canvas cheap Louis Vuitton handbags, wallets and purses can always satisfy your unique needs.

Known for their alluring style and designs, discount oakley sunglasses are the choicest options for people who have a great taste of fashion. Furthermore, oakley x squared are also known for the comfortability factor and fine fit and this accounts for the surging popularity of this brand over the last few years. The supreme stitches and the meticulous finish uphold matchless quality of the brand and the flamboyant design lures appreciative glances. Be it the strapped sandals, stylish canvases, the wedges or the high ankle leather boots, the footwear are designed to offer distinct comfort.

I think every person should have a cheap clarisonic.The clarisonic we privide is characterized by its high quality, compact size, energy saving and is also easy to learn and easy to operate.A clarisonic cleansing brush can help to exfoliate your skin,clean pores and shrink pores,reduce the oil pump capacity of oily skin,scrub dead skin,and anti-acne.You should get one.

copyright 2014 Sally Watts